Abbotsbury Swannery is the only managed colony of nesting mute swans in the world. It is situated near the village of Abbotsbury in Dorset, England, 14 kilometres (9 mi) west of Weymouth on a 1-hectare (2-acre) site around the Fleet lagoon protected from the weather of Lyme Bay by Chesil Beach. The colony can number over 600 swans with around 150 pairs. Written records of the swannery’s existence go back to 1393 but it probably existed well before that. – Wikipedia

Definetly an interesting sight to visit, if you’re travelling near the area – afterall where else in the world would you see so many swans and other water birds in one place.

Abbotsburry itself is a small picteresque village nesteled at the bottom of the rolling hills. Idyllic houses with hay covered roofs and medieval churches of St. Nichlas in the settlement and St. Catherine on the top of a nearby hill round this village up really nicely.

In 1942, RAF was testing a new weapon at Chesil Beach near Swannery which is now on display at the Swannery. It is a prototype (Highball version) of the famous bouncing bomb from the Dambusters raid when RAF Lancaster bombers attacked German dams in 1943. I was quite surprised though glad to find this artifact in the peaceful surroundings of the Swannery.

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